The bad thing about makeup is that there’s never enough of it in our beauty boxes. Unlike clothes and accessories, makeup is an easy buy. It doesn’t cost much and makes you feel oh-so-good: two very big reasons why we end up buying too much of it these days. Once the initial love for red lipsticks in 5 different hues ends, we are stuck with makeup we will neatly forget. Maybe once in a while, you end up arranging your box and find that pretty red your aunt gave you but that’s that. They say that 50% of your makeup just sits there and rots while you occasionally use it. The truth is that though we buy much makeup, we end up using only a few again and again. So the rest of it goes for a waste and it’s time to throw them away.
What’s the big deal?
The first thing you should know is that expired makeup is very very harmful. Don’t take this lightly. If you use an expired product on your precious face - it can cause skin irritation, allergies, eye infection etc. But unlike food, makeup doesn’t come with an expiry date, so you need to remember when you bought them and when you opened them. To expand the lifespan of your products, store them in a cool, dry, dark place. Rely on the physical appearance to judge whether you should throw them out or not. If your mascara is clumpy, foundation is pasty, nail polish is separating and your powder turns into a funny colour, that means it’s time to throw them away. The point is that when the air hits these products, they then tend to oxidise and turn funny as the days go by - just like food. So here’s a checklist for you so you know when to throw away your well-hoarded makeup.
Foundations: 6 months (If you use is very rarely you can keep it till it changes texture or begins to smell bad)
Face Powders: 2 years
Mascara: 3 Months (Longer, if you rarely use it)
Blush: 1 year
Liquid liners: 6 months
Eye shadow: 2 years
Pencil liners: 2 years
Lipgloss and lipstick: 2 years (If you use it rarely, you can keep them till they start smelling like rotting oil)
Lipliner: 1 year
Cream blushes or shadows: 6 months (Or till they start smelling bad)
Nail polish: 1 year
Makeup sponges: 3 months, but wash them carefully after each use
Makeup brushes: Forever, if you can wash them monthly in shampoo
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